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RUSH FIRE DIST. NEWS  OCTOBER/NOVEMBER  2021

COMMISSIONERS ELECTION: Any Rush resident can run for fire commissioner position. This is a volunteer position with a five year term. A petition is required with 25 Rush tax payers signatures. Commissioner Robert Faugh is up for election this year. The election is held the first Tuesday in December at the main fire station. For complete information contact the district secretary at kstappenbeck@rushfiredistrict.org or leave a message at 533-2058.

 RUSH FIRE DISTRICT: There will be a Fire District Public Budget hearing at Fire Station #1 1971 Rush-Mendon Road, on Tuesday - October 19th at 7:00 pm. This hearing and date is set by NYS Law.

 ANNUAL BUDGET: The purposed 2022 fire district budget tax rate WILL BE LOWERED TO $ .98 per thousand. This is a 19 cent decrease from last year.  We have kept this rate by reducing money into the capitol reserve accounts and cutting back in other areas where we could even though our cost keep going up.  Insurance went up quite a bit because of cancer coverage that is now required. Some worn our gear needs replacing and is very expensive. Firefighters are now cleaning both stations and continue to mow the lawns. The town highway dept. is allowing us to do some preventive maintance on the apparatus saving hundreds of taxpayer dollars. We also stayed under the NYS mandated 2%.

 WHY THIS LOW RATE? We have this lower rate because of the re-assessment on most home owners and the generous contributions made to the Rush Fire Department Inc. Fund Drive by the residents of Rush, carnival profit and memorial funds. The amount per resident donated is not matched anywhere in western NY. The Rescue truck, Ambulance, ATV w/ trailer and 2 boats with trailer and equipment was all paid for by FD Fund Drives, Carnival Profit and other fund raisers. Over the years the FD has donated over 2 million $$ dollars worth of vehicles and equipment to the Rush Fire District.   

PERSONNEL COSTS: Thanks to a 100% volunteer response force of the Rush Fire Department the personnel cost to protect you and respond to your emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week will remain the same - ZERO!  The members and officers donate THOUSANDS of hours to protect & serve you.

 MAJOR PURCHASES: We have to replace our self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) because we can’t get parts anymore for the ones we have. Our annual hose test resulted in several of the hose failing or not allowed to be tested because of its age.

INSURANCE SERVICE ORGANIZATION (ISO): They set the rate you pay for fire insurance. They conducted an inspection of our operation and will report the result back soon. We are rated Class 4 right now. The lower the class rate the better. Most volunteer fire department are class 5 or more. Our water system make up 50% of the rate the rate. They look at our mutual assistance program, training, response times and member turn out.

 ACCESS & HOUSE NUMBERS: “HELP us so we can HELP you”.  We are still having serious problems with gaining access into many properties along with not being able to find homes in emergencies due to no visible or legible addresses on the house or mailboxes. Did YOU know that there are local and state codes that you have to comply with? Not complying with these codes could delay the Fire Dept., Ambulance, and Sheriffs in getting to you and damage to our expensive equipment.  This could cost you loss of life and property.  For more information please contact The Rush Town Code Enforcement Officer so you can be compliant.

 VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT & AMBULANCE:

 We have responded to 235 calls as of September 10th

TRAINING: Congratulation are in order -  Jim McNeil, Beth Faugh & Dale Sweet have completed their 180 plus EMT training. Luke eye received his Surface Water Rescue 16 hours of State Training.

 NEW MEMBER: Steven Yost of East River Road was voted in as a new member at the September meeting.

 100th ANNIVERSARY BASH: Was held August 20 & 21. We had bands each night, a parade with 30 units and three bands, antique fire equipment display, games of chance, clams, pizza, aux. food and fireworks. No rides or concessions.

ENGINE 9: Our 1947 Federal/Buffalo is back on the road. We took her to the Spencerport FD antique muster In August. The radiator, engine, transmission and rear end was rebuilt. This was a project that took over a year to complete. The cost came from Games of Chance profits from the carnivals.

FUND DRIVE: The second request will go out in November. We have about 500 of the 1,300 requests return some donation. A SINCERE THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE RESPONDED.

FIRE PREVENTION: Many of the fire publications have FD’s that boast about how many serious calls they respond to. WE BOAST on how the residents that we serve are very fire and safety conscious and DO NOT NEED OUR SERVICES VERY OFTEN, We thank you for this. Please continue the great work.  We feel that our years of fire prevention & education efforts have paid off. These efforts do work and help control accidental fires and resulting injuries or death in Rush.

CAN YOU BE SEEN? Many of you jog and/or walk along the road. It has come to our attention that many of you CANNOT be seen. Some wear dark clothing or ride some type of motorized chair/device with NO REFLECTIVE or LIGHT COLORS ON that could endanger your life. Also carry some type of ID and emergency notification information with you. PLEASE wear something reflective – Lime-Yellow with reflective tape should work. 

 “IS THERE A FIRE IN YOU?” This state wide recruitment program has a goal of 15,000 new firefighters. In just 10 years the number of volunteer firefighters in NYS has dropped from 120,000 to 80,000. www.RushFD.org web site has a link to the state program and information on our home page. There is also a box to click on for membership information. We will have an open house during fire prevention week.

 FACEBOOK: “Like us” Rush Volunteer Fire Department. There are health & safety messages posted, breaking news on incidents, congratulations to our members, photos  and much more. Check it out.  The WEB SITE  is www.RushFD.org     

 LADIES AUXILIARY: Please contact Joan Madigan at 229-4168 or email her JHMadigan4@rochester.rr.com or website                              www.RushFD.org/Ladiesaux.htm